Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso on Friday inaugurated, in the presence of his Colombian counterpart and former US President Bill Clinton, a new marine reserve, which passes the Galapagos National Park (PNG) from 138,000 km2 to almost 200,000 km2.
The new protected area, called Brotherhood (“Hermandad”), was officially inaugurated aboard a scientific boat, off the Galapagos archipelago. The traditional ribbon had been replaced by a rope “made of material recycled from maritime waste”, specifies the Ecuadorian daily Trade.
“Today we are declaring an area of 60,000 km2 a marine reserve, an area three times the size of Belize”, launched the Ecuadorian President, Guillermo Lasso.
Half of the new reserve “will be protected from all fishing and devoted to the conservation of marine ecosystems, migratory routes and feeding grounds for endangered marine species”, says the newspaper.
The Fraternity reserve extends to the maritime border of Costa Rica, where it forms a continuity with the protected area of Cocos. Eventually, the reserves of the islands of Malpelo, Colombia, and Coiba, Panama, will complement existing protected areas to create a transboundary marine biosphere reserve free from industrial fishing over more than 500,000 km2.
Guillermo Lasso had announced the creation of the Fraternity reserve during the COP26 from Glasgow to Scotland last November in exchange for a reduction in Ecuador’s international debt.